On Tuesday, Sept. 12, electronics retailer Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) released Q2 2006 earnings for the period ended Aug. 26, 2006.

  • Respectable sales growth plus expanding net margin plus significant share buybacks equals a happy EPS figure, and Best Buy delivered on all of these fronts.
  • The company is changing its product mix to focus more on home theater systems. Stocking up on big-ticket items like plasma TVs and surround-sound systems explains some of the disproportionate rise in inventories.
  • For the second quarter in a row, the analyst community was caught flat-footed by Best Buy's excellent performance. If the company can keep this up through the crucial holiday season, investors will have plenty to celebrate come next February.

(Figures in millions, except per-share data)

Income Statement Highlights

Avg. Est.

Q2 2006

Q2 2005

Change

Sales

$7,550

$7,603

$6,702

13.4%

Net Profit

--

$230

$188

22.3%

EPS

$0.44

$0.47

$0.37

27%

Diluted Shares

497

509

(2.5%)



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Margin Checkup

Q2 2006

Q2 2005

Change*

Gross Margin

25.02%

25.53%

(0.51)

Operating Margin

4.34%

3.89%

0.45

Net Margin

3.03%

2.81%

0.22

*Expressed in percentage points.

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Balance Sheet Highlights

Assets

Q2 2006

Q2 2005

Change

Cash + ST Invest.

$2,687

$2,825

(4.9%)

Accounts Rec.

$483

$389

24.2%

Inventory

$4,049

$3,250

24.6%



Liabilities

Q2 2006

Q2 2005

Change

Accounts Payable

$3,877

$2,760

40.5%

Long-Term Debt*

$527

$552

(4.5%)

*Including $497 million of long-term debt moved into the current category this year, and $12 million in the year-ago period.

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Cash Flow Highlights
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